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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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3,088 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,088
Reviews: 1,560
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 235
Gots: 282 | FT: 6
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Cyberkedi on 01-30-2001

9 Ingredients:
Malts: Northwest Harrington & Klages, Crystal 135-165 & Beeston Chocolate, Rolled Oats & Roasted Barley.
Hops: Cascade.
Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond
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Photo of jettjon
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Highs: Appearance, solid stout flavor
Lows: None

Pours a dark brown color with a copious dark brown/tan head, 1 finger of nice creamy foam that fades fairly quickly down to a sheet of foam and plenty of lace along the sides. Nose is quite pleasing, of toasted malt, slight sorghum, a bit of alcohol, and dark bread. Taste is a touch of sorghum over heavy dark toasted malt—a bit overpowering for me. I didn’t detect any chocolate flavor. Mouth is rich and creamy, and lightly bubbly—a truly wonderful mouthfeel. Finishes bitter with a touch of alcohol, ending with dry, roasted coffee. Drinkability is good but dry and bitter, which detracts for me. 22 oz. is plenty for me.

Overall: A straight-up, solid stout. This is the real deal, darkly maltly with plenty of coffee/malt flavor. Excellent representation of the style, but not my favorite.

Photo of WeisGuy
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - a great looking beer, poured a true black, with a nice brown "coffee-with-cream" head; only negative is I wish the head had stuck around longer

s - roasted malt, chocolate and coffee, a hint of sweetness too

t - similar to the aroma, the chocolate and coffee notes are very evident, the finish is bitter and just sits on the back of the tongue, very complex, even a slight sweetness in the middle

m - creamy with minimal carbonation, coats the mouth very well

d - very drinkable; a couple 22 ouncers could keep me happy for most of the night; the complex flavors just make me want to keep taking drinks

This beer definitely lived up to its hype for me. Definitely my favorite American stout. The fact that it's easy to find makes it that much better. I will be enjoying this one regularly for now on.

Photo of Cwrw
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml, typical Rogue bottle labelling, but with blue Shakespeare clothing on the gentleman. Rogue's idea of really "mixing things up"...
I tasted this at cellar temperature. This pours very smoothly and it's hard NOT to get a SIZABLE coffee-coloured head, thick and crackling slowly. Fine lacing that clung very quickly and securely. Swirling makes the edges of the head go even darker and almost light red. Like the Chocolate stout this is almost completely ebony, with only hints of blue near the edges. Incredibly opaque, too, as holding it right next to the computer screen shows no light. Solid appearance. Oats and bacon on the nose at first, almost more porter-like initially. Hickory smoke and beef jerky, with nice hop notes that seem to come in waves...sometimes there, sometimes not. Good malting that is grainy and full of licorice and tobacco. Some milky notes and plenty of salinity. Other notes of nuts, charcoal, blackberry, and black coffee. The alcohol is nose-tickling and fairly detectable. Sweet dark candy whiffs too occasionaly. Sticky sourish and salty malts on the tongue and plently of charcoal. Big and meaty. Fuller in body than their Chocolate stout. Lots of gristy dustiness in the finish. Some fruits in the middle too, dark and old, like dried dates or prunes. A little chocolate, but more coffee than anything. A good balance, but nothing out of the ordinary. Good full body and plenty of lingering bitterness. Could drink it rather quickly and easily. This compared to the Chocolate Stout? Weaker aroma but fuller taste. I have rated this in style and with disinterest, but I fail to see this as "outstanding." A good beer, yes. A little bit let-downish though for its rating. I was expecting more.

Photo of andyf847
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure what to say. This is (and the chocolate stout) are the only stouts I have liked. Very dark color, good head, smooth, tasted like I think a stout should taste. I must make the comment length longer, so I am adding this sentence to make my comment longer. I really have no other thoughts on this beer. I will be buying again though.

Photo of johnyeast
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color with a thick one plus inch carmel brown head. Smells of hops, malt and notes of chocolate and oatmeal. A roasted, malty taste with a nutty, hoppy, and chocolatey finish. An incredibly drinkable beer that was not heavy. The head stayed with the beer throughout. I will definately have more of this and I look forward to it...

Photo of Orrshow
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance – Well…surprise, it’s black. The head is a nice milk chocolate color and is almost a touch frothy. Lacing on the glass is quite good.

Smell – Very nice and strong roasted malt smell to this one. I also sense bits of chocolate malt and coffee. Somewhere in there is can also detect some hops which give out a faint citrus aroma. All in all quite good.

Taste – Absolutely exceptional. Up front is so strong of roasted malts it crazy. The flavor of toasted coffee bean is to follow with equal strength. Chocolate is not as present, but can be detected if looked for. This beer then has a strong hop finish giving a nice soothing bitterness along with burnt wood feeling.

Mouthfeel – Thick and creamy just as it should be. Carbonation is not detectable, but the beer is not flat. Great.

Drinkability – Perfect.

As I got farther into this bottle I fell in love with this stout more and more. It is fantastic. Each sip was better right to the bitter end. Buy this now if you can, you won’t regret it.

Photo of Fugazme
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very black beer... what did I expect? A very black beer...

A great, tan, creamy head dissipates quickly into a nice cap. Excellent stick to the glass. Appears "thick". Slight swirls bring the head back quite quickly. Opaque.

Aroma is yeasty. Roasted malt. A bit of chocolate. A little spice... maybe cinnamon. French roast coffee....

Quite good mouthfeel... sweet yet dry... but not too dry.

Huge roasty flavor. Delicious. Big coffee overtones and big malt. A pleasure to drink.

Photo of VoodooBrew
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is pretty much pitch black, with a medium brown head. Head retention is on the low side. The nose is on the light side, surprisingly so, with moderate roasted malts and a trace of hops. Good roast and hops up front, leading right into a welcome bitterness.Coffee and roast feature on the aftertaste. This is not your typical coat-the-palate, throw-a-bunch-of-burnt-malt-in-it stout. The hops add a welcome dimension to this beer. Stylistically, Shakespeare Stout falls short on appearance and aroma but is otherwise pretty much spot-on. Solid.

Photo of bgraney
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark pour with creamy/coffee colored head.
Maybe I was influenced by the bottle which described the beer's earthiness, but that's just what I got, an earthy aroma with roasted maltiness. A very enjoyeable inhale.
That roasted flavor dominates and leaves behind a lingering chocolate aftertaste.
The aftertaste improves as it lingers in the mouth. It just keeps getting better.
One to take your time with an fully enjoy.

Photo of Quaffer
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


It's been over three years since my last review of this beer (which was my first experience with it) and I have to admit that it is one of the few beers that I feel exactly the same about that I did then. Actually, I am probably more impressed with it now that I was then. The quintessential stout, in my opinion. Perfectly roasted, hopped, mouth-filling, and delicious. If you can buy some, you had better do it! If you can't get it, trade away your life for some. Well . . . that might be a bit extreme, but you get the point.

22 oz. bottle

Appearance: I thought that I had seen black beers before, but this one takes the prize. Even when help up to a window, not a photon of light passed through, not even around the edges. The head itself was darker than the color of many beers that I drink. It held on for a long time and left a lot of lace. This was a beatiful beer.

Smell: This beer had a classic stout aroma, dominated by roasted malts and coffee.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and full. Not perfect, but very good.

Taste: This beer was huge. It was exactly what a stout should be. Roasted, slightly smokey, with bitter chocolate and coffee flavors. A classic stout, easily a benchmark for me to compare others to.

This was my first tasting of this beer and I was very impressed. I can't wait to pick up some more.

Photo of Lnedrive14
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have a hunch this bad boy had been sitting on the shelves for a while - hop character had diminished slightly.

Pours, well shit, it looks like a freaking stout! Nice thick head. No lacing.

Strong coffee and chocolate presence. Sweetness predominates in the aftertaste.

A bit chewy feel to it. Drinkability is phenomenal. Could drink it all night.

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an unexpectedly good stout. I know it was highly ranked, but now I know it really deserves to be so.

Dark with thick head. Goes down to a lace and then, after a while, to a small lace. Smooth mouthfeel.

Taste is where this baby shines though. Roasted, but closer to the porter end of the spectrum. That makes it quite drinkable.

I could drink a bunch of these, and while I like stouts, stouts aren't my go-to style. Highly recommended.

Photo of JohnfromDublin
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on 21st April 06, a 650ml bottle with no best by date.

Poured a very dark brown murky body with a nice tan head. Nice lacing on the glass.

Smelled very good; sweeter than expected for a stout and quite fruity. Expected malty smell present.

Tasted a burnt coffee taste with a nice bitterness to it. Hops evident. Decent mouthfeel with nice carbonation.
A very sound stout.

Photo of bierman2000
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chocolate stout that is smooth and creamy..has a bitter finish at the end of each sip reminding you that it is a Stout and also a Rogue product. Black dark malty with a full nose of hops and wonderful creamy head..highly drinkable and a great apertif with chocolate.

Photo of bjohnson
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber bottle.

A: Pours jet black with a dark brown/caramel two finger head that dissipates to about a half finger and leaves lace all the way down.
S: Smells of roasted malts, coffee, and maybe some chocolate in there too. Dark fruit also hits the nose after the chocolate/coffee malts hit you.
T: Tastes of dark/sweet chocolate mixed with coffee and a bit of a sweet fruit (hops and malts) towards the end. Nice smooth ending that leaves you wanting more. Sweet chocolate flavor leaves a nice aftertaste. Slight spicyness also thats hard to place.
M & D: Very silky smooth but thicker than I thought it was going to be. I could definately drink a bunch of these if I had them. Good carbonation but low enough that the malts break through making them the main feature for this stout.

Photo of trep
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours dark black with a smidge of light shining through. Smells of hops, coffee, and chocolate. Thick, creamy, tan head that sits atop the thick black liquid. Smells delish.

Taste features lots of hops for a stout. Reminds me alot of Edmund Fitzgerald Porter, but with more roasty and chocolate notes. Pretty damn good. Bitter hop bite upfront that steps aside to the smooth roasted creamy chocolate and coffee finish. Aftertaste has a bit of mocha, and smooth dark chocolate.

Hands down a Grade A stout from Rogue, and probably the best beer I can get in WV. 6% abv limit really sucks.

Photo of doppelmeup
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a 22 oz bottle of this with some grilled lamb for Easter dinner.

Looked very much like a stout. Dark brown, thick, rich inch tall head. Nice lacing on the glass.

Smelled of burnt coffee and smoked peat.

Tasted very smoky and rich, again the burnt coffee taste prevailed, with some dark molasses and a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Thick, rich mouthfeel without being too syrupy or thick. Definitely a dryer stout, versus a Russian Imperial Stout.

Overall not a bad stout. I think that if you like this style of beer, you would like this beer. Does it deserve to be in the top 25 or 30 on the best beer list? I'm not sure.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - a true stout color, a dark black with a creamed coffee colored head, too dark to notice carbonation or head

S - wow, dark fruits, odd for a stout in my opinion, wheres the espresso, coffee, and/or chocolate aromas, smells good though

T - dark fruity at first, surprising for a stout IMO, wait...wait...wait.. there it is, at the end of the swallow there is a great rich chocolate/coffee flavor that lasts for a long time after that gulp, very good, makes me take another just for the aftertaste, which is the best part

M - smooth and sweet with a sweet-bitter finish

D - high, this is a great stout, im very impressed, it had me fooled the whole time, cant wait to have it again

Photo of dbalsock
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours pitch black with about an inch of vanilla head that stays forever. Like most stouts there's a reddish tint that comes through at certain angles.

Smell: The aroma consists of flowery hops mixed with roasted malts. It's pretty standard, but a little sweeter than other stouts, and that was nice.

Taste: The roasted malts come through immediately, supported by bakers chocolate. The flowery hops mix in too, creating a dry aftertate. Overall, it's well balanced in taste, but not quite as rich as I would have liked.

Mouthfeel: Consistenly bitter, it has a great consistency and coats the palate nicely.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink and good in all respects. No part of this brew is overbearing, adding to the easy quaffability.

Photo of kdmorse
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Dark-chocolate-black topped with 4 fingers of fluffy, brown head that recedes to 1 finger of creamy head. Lacing sticks around for a long time.

S: Sweet scent of caramelized sugar and wisps of light smoke. Fresh hoppy aroma. Dance between sweetness and bitter/crisp hops is elegant and enjoyable.

T: Wow! The brewers at Rogue got this one right. Full, inviting creaminess. Sweet malt and barley linger until they are politely washed away by slightly citrusy hops.

M: Mouth fills with creamy, warming goodness. The finish is very clean with only a slightly hoppy aftertaste.

D: Great session stout. Tons of flavor without too much alcohol. Easy and enjoyable to drink and priced fairly.

Photo of Applesauce1
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown color, almost a black, with a nice one inch head.
Smell - roasty, coffee, nuts
Taste - hints of chocolate, nuts, and a nice bitterness (good flavor)
Mouthfeel - good texture, a little bit thick
Drinkability - the 22 oz bottle is enough for one night
I'm not much of a stout person, but this is a good one.

Photo of daliandragon
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an extremely attractive beer. As soon as I poured this one I noticed the deep tan head and sticky lacing. The head showed remarkable staying power, always a plus. The color is also midnight black as you might expect. The nose is chocolatey and coffee flavor with a kiss of hops. Not too strong, it is more delicate than the nose of many big time stouts.
The taste is lighter and more fluid on the tongue than I was expecting and seems overcarbonated, reducing the purity of the taste for me. Smoothness, however, is a big plus. Coffee and malt are among the main contributors but the flavor is not as rich or aggressive as some stouts I've had recently and a nice changeup. The balance is still nice and holds it up to the obvious appeal of its exterior characteristics. Worthwhile when you can find it, it usually sells out fast near me.

Photo of ism
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque black with deep red edges, topped with a creamy 2-finger tan head. Moderate retention for the ABV, little lacing. Chocolate malts in the nose are carefully tinted with somewhat piney hop notes. Gentle carbonation with a slight astringency up front excites the tongue, followed by the caress of a medium-full silk body, carrying roasted malt with an undercurrent of oatmeal, and a slight citrus to brighten it. Goes down clean, with oatmeal and citrus bitterness emerging in the aftertaste.

Very pleasing and enjoyable, drawing in the best features of roasted malts and oatmeal, with expertise in dropping in the right amount of bitterness. Fairly straightforward but easily sessionable. Great for that transition to or from winter, on a cool evening.

Photo of normZurawski
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is good, I like it. Unlike a lot of their other beers, this one isn't laced with chocolate or chipotle or ham, which turns me off to some of their offerings. This is a good, solid, well-balanced stout that fits a nice cool spring evening. Mouthfeel is better than normal with this one, something I'm usually indifferent about. The taste is solid, with a healthy amount of roasty hops carrying it from front to back. Overall a good stout. Probably not as complex as some people like. But it's very good in its simplicity.

Photo of gbarron
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz. bomber.

A - pitch black, completely opaque. Head is lightly tan, reflecting the roasted barley content and probably black patent. Good head retention and lacing.

S - not getting a ton of aroma off this beer. Hints of roast barley, toast. Almost a smell of grilled meat. Also some earthy hop aroma. Very light, though.

T - chocolatey, roast malt flavor. Assertive hop biterness balances out the malt here. Very nice toasty, coffee flavors. Tangy hop aftertaste - earthy, piney. Strong roast note, almost like I'm eating charred vegetables or meat. No alcohol taste or aroma.

M - very smooth. Bottle mentioned that oats are used in this beer, could be reason for the silky smoothness. Carbonation average. Body is medium to medium heavy.

D - very tasty stout, but I'm not blown away, and I usually am by Rogue products. Nice, well balanced, rich stout. But for the body of this beer, it would make a nice session drink.

Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,088 ratings.